Obituaries

FORK MOUNTAIN -- Scotty Ray Ollis, 73, of the Fork Mountain community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at his home. He was the son of the late George and Gladys Whitson Ollis. 

Scotty was the past president of the Garment Workers Union in Maryland, a charter member of the Bakersville Farmers Market, a member and Sunday School Superintendent of Bethlehem Baptist Church and a volunteer for the Mitchell County Senior Center’s Meals-on-Wheels program for 12 years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Eric Ollis.

SPRUCE PINE -- Mary Louise Wyatt, 74, of Pitt Road, Spruce Pine, passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born Oct. 23, 1941, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Anderson and Nellie Mae Pitman Sparks. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Joe, Frank, Ted and Eugene Sparks.

Eric Willis, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at his home.

A funeral service was 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC  28777.

Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Willis family.  Eric’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Cassie S. Honeycutt, 91, of Green Mountain, went home to be with Jesus Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Brian Center Health and Rehab. 

A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Harrison and Hannah Gardner Street. She was a lifelong member of the Upper Pigeon Roost Freewill Baptist Church.

BAKERSVILLE -- Thelma Whitson Street, 89, of Bakersville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at the Trinity Place in Albemarle.  

She was the daughter of the late Clayton and Dollie Peterson Whitson and the wife of the late Loy Street, who passed away in 2003. Thelma was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her flowers, yard and garden. Playing rook with her friends was her favorite past time. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her love of playing jokes on others. She was a member of the Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church.

ASHEVILLE -- Daisy Jean Cregger Birchfield, affectionately known as Mammo, 82, was called to heaven Saturday, July 30, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Cregger and Bessie Corina Dillman Cregger. She was born in peaceful Rich Valley in Smyth County, Virginai, Sept. 10, 1933. She was the youngest of 10 children. 

Throughout the years, she loved needlepoint, reading and making quilts.

SPRUCE PINE -- Jean Johnson Travis, 83, passed away July 28, 2016.

Graveside Funeral Services celebrating her life were noon Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Silver Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Bandana with the Rev. Will Van Wieren officiating. The family visited with friends from 10 a.m. Tuesday until time for the service at the church.

SPRUCE PINE -- Elma Riddle, 90, passed from this life on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 20, 2016, with her daughter by her side.

Little Miss Elma Jane Hollifield was born to the late Clyde and Lula Cox Hollifield Feb. 20, 1926. At birth, she was premature and not expected to survive.  However, her Heavenly Father protected and nurtured her and granted her 90 years and five months of life on this earth.

In addition to her parents, Elma was predeceased by her husband, Claude Riddle; her sister, Lucy Pittman; and her niece, Joann P. Morgan.

SPRUCE PINE -- Mildred Tolley Slagle, 78, of Spruce Pine, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 28, 2016, at her home surrounded by family.

Mildred was the daughter of the late John and Ida Chapman Tolley and the wife of the late Jack Slagle, who passed away in October 2015.  

NEWLAND -- Lambert Phillip Hoilman, 70, of Newland, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A funeral service was 4 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016.

DALLAS -- Nora “Teddy” “Tellas” Metellas Rathbone Freeman, 87, of Dallas, went to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior July 20, 2016, at Brian Center Hickory Viewmont surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Mitchell County Dec. 12, 1928, to Clarence R. Rathbone and Mae Ledford Rathbone. 

BAKERSVILLE -- Jack T. Grindstaff, 86, of Bakersville, passed away July 21, 2016. He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late Jessie and Rosa Young Grindstaff. 

He was retired from Henredon Furniture, where he was an electrician. He was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and former member of Ledger Fire Department. Jack was a friend to all, loving and kind; he never met a stranger. 

SPRUCE PINE -- Robert Love Taylor, 95, died Friday, July 8, 2016. Graveside service and interment was at 10 a.m. July 22, 2016, at Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.

BAKERSVILLE -- Anna Belle Frye, 91, of Bear Creek Church Road, Bakersville, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

A funeral service was Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Bear Creek Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Anna Belle Frye’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the family. Mrs. Frye’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

SPRUCE PINE -- Eddie Dean Jones, 58, of Spruce Pine Campground Road, Spruce Pine, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at his home.

A funeral service was at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Berry Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Williams officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the church. Interment followed in the Berry Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. 

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